Digital literacy and digital access are two important themes in Ribble’s (2017) Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship. The Obama administration established a website dedicated to offering resources to enhance the digital literacy of all citizens. The website is a collaboration by many US agencies including Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Department of Labor, and others. The site offers resources to educators, job seekers, students, and interested community members. Visitors are also encouraged to offer their own content to enhance the site.
Most interesting to me was the wide variety or materials available to users. Teachers who are looking for resources to teach digital literacy in their classrooms will find prepared lessons provided by other educators, links to videos online, or interactive lessons that are ready to use. If someone unfamiliar with computers wants to learn basic computer skills, he can find easy-to-use tutorials created by highly reputable sources. If a job seeker is looking for resources to enhance her web-based skills, she can find tutorials, websites, and more on digitalliteracy.gov.
As an adult educator, I would utilize the educator resources available on digitalliteracy.gov. There is a link to a great article published by Minnesota State that describes how to use social networking for career advancement. I would ask my students to review the article and establish a proactive plan for developing their professional profile in the social networking arena.
Ribble, M. (2017). Nine elements: Nine Themes of digital citizenship. Retrieved from: http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/nine-elements.html